Tinka Pittoors (1977) is a Belgian artist, living in Antwerp. She creates baroque and colourful structures in Epoxy and ceramics, often mixed with everyday objects. She has shown in MUKHA Antwerp, SMAK Gent, MMuseum Leuven, Museum aan Zee Den Haag, BAM Mons, Palais d’Iéna, Mol Kiest Kunst, CBK Zeeland, Sidney Biennial,… Tinka Pittoors’ artworks often link the evident joy and playfullness of colours and objects to a subtle underlying violence. One thinks of the distubing universe of Alice in Wonderland, for the atmosphere, while Niki de Saint Phalle is an interesting reference for these surprising colourful sculputres, with a naïve touch although conveying a deep senstivity to the main issuses of our time.
Merrill Wagner, a native of the West Coast of the United States, takes a more conceptual approach at least at first glance. Since the 1970s, she has been using both traditional and unconventional materials such as Scotch tape, slate, rustproof paint on steel, marble, and natural stone in a quest for equilibrium between randomness and order. The materials she has chosen bear the traces of time and the real, and attest to her great sensitivity to nature and the environment. Robert Storr wrote in Matters of Fact and of Vision (exhibition catalogue for the New York Studio School November 2016 – January 2017): “Wagner, materialist, formalist, empiricist and poet of the given and the accidental as well as of the systematically altered is, in this every respect, an all-American artist to the core.”